Everyone knows what condensation is — it’s that irritating fogginess that seems to most often appear near the edges of windows or glass doors. Oftentimes this ‘fogginess’ can contain huge droplets of water that take very little to slide down and soak into the wooden frame of the window.
Now, a lot of people don’t bother to wipe or absorb the condensation, thinking it won’t do much damage to either the window or themselves. However, that’s a huge mistake, and if you happen to have condensation issues, I cannot advise you enough to get rid of the moist, foggy stuff as soon as possible.
In this article, I will cover some of the best condensation absorbers for windows. In addition, you will learn how condensation is formed, how harmful it really is to us humans, and what other ways there are to reduce or eliminate it.
1. DRY TOP Universal Moisture-absorbing Capsules
One of the best features that a modern-day product can have is simplicity. For instance, if you look at the DRY TOP moisture-absorbing capsules, you will immediately know why it’s so highly rated and why so many people make it their moisture absorber of choice. After all, a single capsule is incredibly tiny and just as incredibly easy to use. Simply peel off the protective film and place it near your window — the absorbent silica crystals will do the rest.
Aside from being simple, DRY TOP absorbers have another spectacular feature. Namely, once you’ve used one, you don’t have to throw it away. Instead, place it atop a paper towel and heat it in a microwave for about 60 seconds. When the silica crystals turn from green to their original orange color, the capsule is ready to be reused.
2. Bandwagon Water Snake
You wouldn’t know it when you first saw it, but the Bandwagon water snake is actually an incredibly useful product, regardless of how barebones it looks. In fact, most people would confuse it with an elongated travel cushion or a doorstop.
In reality, the Bandwagon water snake can soak up moisture in more ways than one. If you happen to have wooden window sills, simply place one of these water snakes along the sill’s lower side and let it stay there.
Astoundingly, the snake can soak water up to 10 times its original weight. In other words, don’t limit yourself to windows — place it at the foot of your bathtub or shower cabin as well. In fact, you can also use it at the foot of your door to prevent drafts.
3. Evolution Sorbent Products Water Snake
Bandwagon isn’t the only manufacturer that makes decent water snakes. In fact, based on user reviews, Evolution Sorbent Products or ESP water snakes rank pretty high, if not the highest among these types of condensation absorbers.
Each ESP water absorber ‘sock’ is 48 inches long. They are made from 100% polypropylene skin and filler, which both resist the growth of mold and mildew. In short, aside from windows, you can also use these water snakes in damp areas such as basements and garages. And since you can bend and twist them easily, you can also place them around fridges, freezers, and other areas where you might find condensation.
4. Pro Breeze Renewable Cordless Mini Dehumidifier
Sometimes, instead of using a product to wipe or gather the condensed water, you might simply need a good dehumidifier. But what makes a good dehumidifier, exactly? Well, if it’s portability, effectiveness, and a long warranty, then you’re in luck, since Pro Breeze has all three.
Pro Breeze’s renewable cordless mini dehumidifier is possibly one of the best solutions for condensation troubles in 2020. Firstly, it’s incredibly small and portable, as well as cordless, so you can quite literally put it anywhere around your home. And while it will do wonders in open spaces (especially if you need to remove condensation from your windows), it’s perfect for small, tight spots like cupboards, closets, wardrobes, etc.
Next, the mini dehumidifier only needs recharging once every 20-30 days. During that time, it can cover an area of up to 333 cubic feet. That’s a lot of space for such a tiny device.
Finally, the Pro Breeze is incredibly simple and safe to use. All you have to do is place it in your desired spot and turn it on; the indicator on the front will turn orange if the air is dry or green if there’s any moisture in the air. The material inside of the Pro Breeze is non-toxic and doesn’t spill, so you can safely use the device around children.
5. DampRid FG90 Moisture Absorber
DampRid has a long history of high-quality products. Each of their moist absorbers could have earned a spot on this list, but I’ve decided to focus on one particular product, namely the DampRid FG90.
Despite its small size, the FG90 is perfect for both large and small rooms, as it will soak up the excess condensation evenly no matter where you put it. In fact, just like any other DampRid absorber, the FG90 will collect moisture for up to 60 days. As a result, your home will have fresh, clean air, and your windows will no longer be as foggy and moist as they normally get.
Another awesome feature of the FG90 is its Easy-Fill system. It takes no less than five simple steps to install fresh unwrapped packs into the FG90, and emptying it is just as easy. In short, you have the perfect combination of durable, easy-to-use, and effective with this condensation absorber.
6. Hysure Portable Dehumidifier
Sometimes, a small dehumidifier might not cut it, no matter how effective it is. After all, your living room might be large, with lots of windows and, consequently, lots of condensation on them. If so, you might have to get something as powerful as Hysure’s portable dehumidifier.
As its name suggests, Hysure is portable; you can take it anywhere with you, from your home to your office. However, the best feature isn’t its portability, but its power. A single unit can collect up to 750ml of water per day at 80℃. In addition, its water tank has a capacity of 2000ml, so you can empty it once every two days.
Hysure is also one of the most silent dehumidifiers on the market today. You can literally have it on during the night and wake up to a moisture-free room in the morning. It’s also perfect for your baby’s room, especially if there’s a lot of condensation on the windows. The last thing your little one needs is a bunch of mold and mildew forming on the sills and the walls.
Finally, Hysure is an eco-friendly, energy-saving product for any modern home. Thanks to its auto shut-off feature, it will save energy once it’s not being used anymore. In addition, it doesn’t contain any harmful materials, so you won’t be polluting the environment while you’re making your indoor air less humid.
7. MAI Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bag,
Activated charcoal is an incredibly popular, versatile product and customers worldwide can’t seem to get enough of it. In fact, items such as the MAI purifying bags are being sold by the thousands. Since they’re organic, reusable, and effective, it’s no wonder why so many people use them to keep the air in their homes fresh and odor-free.
But there’s more to MAI than just odor removal. The larger 200g bags are perfect for collecting moisture from the air and eliminating condensation from various places around the house, your windows very much included. And just like collecting bad odors, the purification process is simple — once the bag is completely full, place it in direct sunlight and leave it alone for a while. In less than an hour, the bag will be fresh, moisture-free, and ready to be reused.
A single bag will last you for about six months. Once it loses its effectiveness, simply cut the bag open and place the charcoal into the soil. It’s the perfect way to fertilize your plants and doesn’t pollute the environment.
8. Vacplus Moisture Absorber with Activated Charcoal
One of the biggest problems that modern moisture absorbers have is cleaning difficulty. Often, they won’t have an efficient moisture locking system that will leave the item dirty, grimy, or even moldy. In other words, you have to treat your absorber for the same problems that your windows, or your home in general, are facing.
However, that won’t happen with Vacplus’ moisture absorber. This convenient item combines the effectiveness of calcium-chloride particles and activated charcoal, as well as moisture-trapping filter paper. These three components will trap the moisture inside while keeping the air around your home fresh and odor-free. More importantly, the filter paper will prevent any leaking, so the absorber itself will remain moisture-free.
9. UniBond AERO 360° E-Connect Moisture Absorber
What’s better than a portable, easy-to-use humidifier? How about one that you can sync up with your phone and refill once every three months?
The UniBond AERO 360° is precisely that kind of absorber. With its sleek, simple design it will fit in nicely with any room. In addition, it works just as well in both large and small spaces. So, you can place it next to your windows or in the middle of your dining room and the result will be the same — less condensation and fresh, clean air.
However, the best feature of the UniBond AERO 360° is the tab refill system. Once the water within the absorber reaches a certain level, simply scan the specific area on the container with your smartphone and you’ll automatically order a replacement tab. When it arrives, replace it in a few easy steps. And since a single tab can last for about 3 months, you will be getting rid of excess moisture and saving some money in the process.
What Causes Condensation and How Harmful Is It?
Condensation is a pretty normal occurrence in nature. When you have hard, impermeable surfaces like glass and you place them in low temperatures, water vapor can deposit itself onto them. Moist air releases some of its moisture onto these surfaces, usually in the form of water droplets. Naturally, it results in a foggy, moist layer of water.
Of course, there are many ways moist air can enter our home. The most common method is by showering. Lots of water vapor rises from hot water and fogs up our windows, glass doors, mirrors, and even other flat, hard surfaces. But moist air can also come from drying clothes, washing, and cooking.
Now, condensation in and of itself might not seem harmful, but it’s definitely a cause for concern. For instance, if there’s too much moisture on your windows, the water can slide down and soak up into the wooden frames, causing them to rot on the inside. In addition, both mildew and mold can grow if there’s enough moisture on your windows.
But it doesn’t stop there; condensation on your windows is a strong indicator that the air in your home is humid. Soon enough, you might spot wet patches on your walls and furniture. Moreover, mildew will grow in places that are hard to reach. Not only will this result in a strong, musty smell, but mold and mildew can also be dangerous for your health.
When to Use a Window Condensation Absorber
When it comes to windows, water vapor condenses in three different types.
- Outside the window: When there’s condensation on the outer layer of glass, then you have nothing to worry about. During the summer, high levels of humidity will often cause condensation to occur outdoors. But as long as the water droplets stay outside, your home is safe. In fact, it’s a sign that your indoor temperature is cool and that all of the heat is staying outside.
- Inside the window: As stated earlier, condensation is a sign of high humidity. So if it appears on the inside of your windows, your indoor air is a little too humid. That’s when you need to think about getting one of the condensation absorbers listed above.
- Between the window panes: Condensation between two panes of glass is a serious issue. If it occurs, you most likely have a problem with the window seals. Sadly, the only real solution to this problem is to replace the windows entirely. It’s a costly option, but it will save you a lot of time and money you would’ve otherwise spent on removing mildew and repainting moldy walls.
Condensation Absorber Alternatives
Water vapor will condense from time to time, so you will have to keep an eye out and make sure it doesn’t accumulate. And while you can definitely get one of the condensation absorbers listed in this article, sometimes it’s a good idea to try a less costly, DIY route. WIth that in mind, here are a few ways you can either reduce or eliminate condensation in your home:
- Open the windows overnight and let the humid air out
- Switch a few fans on, if you have any
- Turn the air conditioner on
- Move your plants to a single room and air it well so that the moisture goes out
- Open your curtains and drapes so that the air can circulate freely
- When showering or bathing, close the door and contain the vapor to the bathroom alone.